Issue: December 13, 2012

Good morning:

This week's CN&R cover story is focused on one of the most hotly debated propositions that Californians voted on during the general election: Proposition 37, the GMO-labeling measure. Prop. 37 was defeated (51.5 to 48.5), but the movement to label genetically modified foods lives on. As you'll read, that movement was helped along by Chicoan Pamm Larry, who helped to qualify the measure for the ballot. You'll also hear from local olive oil farmer Jamie Johansson of Lodestar Farms, who shares the small-farmer's perspective on why Prop. 37's defeat is a good thing.

In Newslines, local music-store owners give their thoughts on how their businesses may be impacted by the opening next month of mega-store Guitar Center. George Gold lends some insight into the billboards he and other atheists around town hope will help unite like-minded residents. There's a write-up on anarchist Scott Crow's speech at Chico State. And there's a report on how Chico City Councilman Randall Stone happened to be on a police ride-along during a very eventful night out.

In Greenways and Healthlines, you'll be introduced, respectively, to two very interesting people: Jamie Musser, the queen of the thrift- and vintage-store scene, and Jim Salber, who's pretty much the father of the local yoga scene.

In the Arts, check out how Bella's Sports Pub is the place to be each Wednesday. Take a peek into Room 708, the filming collective operated out of the Origami Lounge recording studio. And you must read the review of the Rogue Theatre's production of August: Osage County.

Happy reading,

-Melissa Daugherty, managing editor